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President Column

President Column



A message from Sue Nokleby, SNOM President:

SNOM’s fall conference “School Nurses: On the Frontline of Change” was November 3-4, 2017 with great speakers and topics. I have always been impressed with the quality of speakers. Sandy Munson of Walker/Hackensack/Akeley is the School Nurse of the Year and Mary Yackley of St. Paul is the School Nurse Administrator. Special recognition awards were bestowed on RuthEllen Luehr for her contributions to school nursing on a local, state, and national level and on the Harvard Club of MN Foundation for awarding the School Nurse of the Year an annual scholarship to attend a summer leadership class at Harvard for the last 10 years.

Legislatively, SNOM is working with legislators and partners on a few bills.   One is with the American Lung Association for a grant to help families with asthma.  Another is for the disposal of medications from schools.  We will need more information from school nurses about medication disposal, so be watching for a survey on that in the next few months, too.

The strategic plan will be a focus of the next year.  In 2018, a survey will be sent out for feedback on the direction members would like to see SNOM go to fulfill our mission and vision.  As SNOM strives to advance the school nursing profession in Minnesota in order to best serve our children.  If any school nurses would like to serve in a committee or on the board, please feel free to contact me.  Those who do participate in the organization learn new skills, help school nursing stay vital, and make new friends.  2018 is an election year for SNOM, so be sure to let Mary Jo Martin (nominations committee) know if you are interested on being considered for a board positions.

As always, SNOM is looking for school nurses with skills or who would like to gain skills (financial, organizational, marketing, etc) to help the board and connect with other colleagues.  Most who have participated on the SNOM board/committees and in SNOM projects have found it to be a very rewarding.   Please contact me directly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to find out what would be a good fit for you.

Have safe, restorative breaks this month and next so we can meet the needs of our students!